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About The Private Investigative Profession

The Division of Licensing, under the DOACS licenses and regulates the private investigative profession in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes.  A private investigator is defined as any individual or agency who, for consideration, advertises as providing or performs the following activities.

    • Subcontracting with the government to determine crimes or wrongs done or threatened against the United States
    • Determining the identity, habits, conduct, movements, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, reputation or character of any society, person, or group of persons
    • The credibility of witnesses or other persons
    • The whereabouts of missing persons, owners of abandoned or escheated property, or heirs to estates
    • The location or recovery of lost or stolen property
    • The causes or origin of fires, libels, slanders, losses, accidents, damage, or injuries to real or personal property
    • Securing evidence to be used before investigating committees or boards of award or arbitration or trial of civil or criminal cases
Individuals or agencies providing or advertising as providing these services for consideration must be licensed.

(Source: Division of Licensing website and F.S.S. 493.)


You can confirm whether a private investigator or an investigation agency is licensed by accessing the Department of Agriculture, Florida Division of Licensing webpage.

Types of Licenses for Individuals
Class "C"- Private Investigator
Class "CC"- Private Investigator Intern (Approved Courses)
Class "M" or "MA"- Manager of a Private Investigative Agency

For Agencies
Class "A"- Private Investigative Agency
Class "AA"- Private Investigative Agency Branch Office



Disclaimer:  FALI runs an initial check with the DOACS Division of Licensing to ensure that each member is licensed at the time they join the organization. This is done again upon membership renewal. However, FALI recommends that individuals conduct their own due diligence when hiring a private investigator. To check on a member's license status, click here to visit FLORIDA DOL

Report Unlicensed Activity here


Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
1350 CR1 #2896, Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 373-8028


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